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Somehow in the 'heat wave' which lasted all of 3 days last week, we managed to use our BBQ, and pretend like it was summer for a day! I'm actually not the biggest fan of BBQ's, I'll happily go round to somebody else's house but I can't stand how time consuming they are and how much cleaning is needed afterwards! It's worse than Sunday Roast! With this in mind, any product that makes the process quicker is going to be a hit with me, so when my husband came back from Home base with the instant light charcoal I was pretty impressed.
We don't really have a BBQ as such, more of a load of bricks that my husband built that he thought would look 'cool' in the corner. It does look pretty decent I must admit, but it's a nightmare to clean so anything that makes it a quicker process to get going means I have more time to clean it afterwards : / Obviously aside from these brick BBQs costing next to nothing to build, they do rack up the costs with fire lighters / lighter fluid and charcoal so the instant light charcoal is a must for us. I also find that when we just use the instant light charcoal, as opposed to anything to light the standard charcoal, the food always tastes much nicer.
The other main benefit of instant light charcoal is the reduction in the amount of difficult to wash off charcoal covering your hands / clothes. This is because all you need to do to get your barbeque going is simply place one of the 1kg bags down onto your barbeque and light. No need to remove it from its packaging or faff around trying to stack it, just light it! After around 10 to 15 minutes the bag will have burnt away and the charcoal will be lit strongly enough that you can begin to cook your food. We simply get one of the tools and prod the charcoal around a little so it is evenly spread out and away you go.
One bag should happily cook the required amount of food for a small family barbeque, although you will need more should you have lots of people over!
Do remember to store the spare bags somewhere cool and dry otherwise they won't light next time you come to use them.
The bag of charcoal actually houses four 1kg bags inside so each bag works out at around £1.25 with the big bag costing £4.99.
One fateful day last summer we held a neighbourhood BBQ. We took our small portable BBQ out onto the communal drive and placed in what we thought was a suitable location. I admit the branches of a tree did overhang about 4ft above. We used for the first time Sainsburys instant charcoal. The one where you simply light the paper bag. The flames shot up instantly. We shouted to all the children to keep clear, and simply watched in horror as the flames reached the branches. Within a few minutes the crisis was over and it glowed readily for the food. Getting close enough to it put the food on was difficult as the heat was intense. The food was cooked within minutes of lighting it. We were the laughing stock of our neighbours, as while they sipped their wine waiting for their BBQ to be ready for cooking our evening was done and dusted. Bang, wham, thank you mam so to speak. The tree lost some branches and the brickwork never recovered A very dangerous and short lived BBQ. OK if youre in a hurry!!! but more of a bonfire than a barbeque.